PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: A Two-Show Day at Rent With Ephraim Sykes
By Matthew Blank
Ever wonder about the routine of a professional actor on one of those grueling two-performance days? Ephraim Sykes, currently appearing as Benny in the new Off-Broadway revival of Rent, offers Playbill.com readers an exclusive look at a recent two-show day, from morning wakeup to final journey home.
Armed with a digital camera, he provides a close-up look at his daily routines and backstage antics with the cast.
Again helmed by its original Tony Award-nominated director, Michael Greif, who first directed the New York Theatre Workshop staging on East Fourth Street in the shaggy East Village, Rent is now approached with fresh eyes by a creative team that is not an exact match of that first staging that went on to Broadway (and international) exposure.
Lyricist-librettist-composer Jonathan Larson based his work on the Puccini opera La Boheme, about passion and loss among bohemians in 19th-century Paris. Larson set Rent in New York City's gritty, artist-infested East Village.
Greif's new cast includes Adam Chanler-Berat, late of Next to Normal and Peter and the Starcatcher, as documentary filmmaker Mark Cohen; Wicked alumna Annaleigh Ashford (Maureen Johnson); Margot Bingham (Alexi Darling, Roger's Mom, and others); Nicholas Christopher (Tom Collins); Arianda Fernandez (Mimi Marquez); dance captain Marcus Paul James (Mr. Jefferson, Paul, and others); Tamika Sonja Lawrence (Mrs. Jefferson, woman with bags); Corbin Reid (Joanne Jefferson); Michael Rodriguez (Angel Schunard); Matt Shingledecker (Roger Davis); Ephraim Sykes (Benjamin Coffin III); Ben Thompson (Christmas caroler, Mr. Grey, The Man, and others); Michael Wartella (Steve, Gordon, Waiter, and others); and Morgan Weed (Mark's Mom and others). Also in the company are Sean Michael Murray, Xavier Cano and Genny Padilla.
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